Denison expected more in just its second soccer playoff appearance and first since 2008.

Denison expected more in just its second soccer playoff appearance and first since 2008.


Unfortunately for the Lady Jackets, their inexperience in the postseason led to little offense on Tuesday in a 9-0 loss to Frisco in the Class 4A Region II bi-district match of the girls soccer playoffs at Sherman’s Bearcat Stadium.


"Maybe it was just playoff shock to us, because we haven’t been here in a long time," Denison head coach Joe Horn said. "Sometimes that first time of making it to the playoffs you just see what you can do kind of deal with it. We definitely didn’t play the way we wanted to play."


Frisco (21-2) dominated possession of the ball for the majority of the game, handing Denison (7-13-3) a six-goal halftime deficit and tacking on three more after the break.


Denison had just one shot on goal for the game that came in the first half off the boot of sophomore Maria Jaimes and was caught by Frisco goalie Victoria Brigadier inside the penalty box.


Frisco controlled the ball on its offensive end and sent a flurry of 36 first-half shots, including 20 on goal, on its way to 47 total shots in the game.


"They’re very skilled and they came ready to play today," Horn said. "They were playing at a faster pace than we were."


Denison had clinched the final spot in District 17-4A by scoring twice in the first 25 minutes of a 2-0 win against Anna just 11 days before the regular season. After ending a six-year postseason drought, Horn said he hopes this is just the first of many playoff trips in store for the Lady Jackets.


"It’s definitely a big turnaround from what we’ve done in the past so I can’t be upset with this," Horn said. "We did make history this year at Denison. I’m happy with the girls. Hopefully we can progress and continue to build off this for the future."


Frisco dominated possession of the ball in the opening half. The Lady Raccoons put 20 shots on goal, while Denison was able to push the ball across midfield briefly five times before halftime.


Junior Katelyn Harbour got the Lady Raccoons on the board first in the 11th minute with a goal in the box off an assist from junior Maddie Barnes. Just one minute later, Frisco sophomore Jordan Hill gathered a loose ball and ripped a shot to the back of the bet for an early 2-0 lead.


Barnes collected a loose ball and scored on the right side with 15:30 left until halftime, and Hill found the back of the net again just two minutes later for a 4-0 cushion. Hill, who entered the game with 34 goals and 13 assists for the season, finished with two goals and Barnes had one goal and an assist.


Two minutes later, Fallyn McDougal ripped a shot on goal from the left side of the box for a five-goal lead.


With just more than three minutes left before the half, junior Blair Thorpe lifted a corner kick into the box and Harbour headed it in for a 6-0 Frisco lead heading into the half.


After the break, Frisco’s Julia Lenhardt rolled one in from the top of the box ad Taylor Torres followed with a goal to give the Lady Raccoons an 8-0 advantage with 32:44 left to play. Frisco freshman Audrey Naughton tacked on the final goal in the 56 minute.


Despite the loss, Denison goalie Erin Armstrong had a valiant effort to finish with 17 saves in the game. The junior sent away 15 shots in the blistering first half and two more after the break.


The Lady Jackets failed to muster a single shot in the second half, crossing midfield for short stretches five times. None of the possessions resulted in a scoring opportunity.